Ben Franklin said, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” With that admonition guiding us, we’ll examine how despite our patriotic songs and Declaration and Statue of Liberty, we always have had / still have marginalized groups whom we’ve excluded from ‘the dream’ of equality and justice. This class will examine the historical context to current events. We’ll discover how leaders (political, religious, even scientific) demonized ‘the other’ and through historic examples show that “now” is not “new”. General Public/Member: $68/$62 To register for this class, contact 360.586.6181 or stop by the Olympia or Lacey Senior Center.
Gery Gerst earned his Masters of Education from Western Washington University. He has 44 years of teaching experience from High School to University level. Gery has been awarded four Teacher of the Year awards from the Olympia School District Board of Directors to a Distinguished Educator Award from Saint Martin’s College. Gery designed and taught Olympia High School’s first Women’s Studies course.